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Dana White: It will be ‘Petr Yan and somebody’ to crown new UFC bantamweight champion

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Dana White is already looking to move the bantamweight division forward.

Following his successful title second-round TKO victory over Dominick Cruz in the co-main event of UFC 249, Henry Cejudo surprisingly announced his retirement from the sport at just 33 years of age.

White didn’t seem all that surprised about the announcement and added that Cejudo had been contemplating retiring “for months,” as he revealed at the UFC 249 post-fight press conference on Saturday. With the UFC president fully believing Cejudo’s retirement will stick, he has a plan in mind to crown a new champion. One half of that plan, anyways.

“It’s Petr Yan and somebody,” White stated. “We’ll get that one figured out and we’ll make a title fight next week for the vacant title, and probably do that fight as soon as possible.”

Yan is currently scheduled to face Marlon Moraes in the main event of the UFC’s June 13 fight card. With the event no longer taking place in Kazakhstan as originally intended due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, that fight seems up in the air.

In a recent appearance on MMA Fighting’s What the Heck, Moraes stated that the fight was still planned to go on as scheduled, with only a new location to be decided.

White did not state if Moraes would be Yan’s opponent should the promotion move forward with the plan to crown a new champion. In addition, White explained that he would give Cejudo a little over a week to reflect on his decision to call it a career before making a final call on what to do with the 135-pound title.